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The Leadership Conference Urges Education Department to Maintain Accountability in State Waiver Renewals

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

In a letter issued October 27, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights urged Secretary Arne Duncan and the U.S. Department of Education to hold states to rigorous standards when renewing waivers under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

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Categories: Education

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A Win for Transgender Workers

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC), an agency charged with investigating and prosecuting illegal practices in the federal workplace, made an important and legally reverberating decision last week when it ruled in favor of a transgender federal employee facing workplace discrimination.

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Categories: Discrimination, LGBT Rights, Workers' Rights

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Why We Need Stronger Voting Protections

Monday, October 20, 2014

Just two weeks from tomorrow, Americans will head to the polls to vote in the midterm elections. But this year, accessing the ballot may be easier said than done.

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Categories: Voting Rights

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Students and Administration at Colgate University Come Together to Combat Discrimination

Thursday, October 16, 2014

After a five-day sit-in at Colgate University, students and administrators came together on September 29 to develop a 21-point plan on how to combat racism and increase diversity on campus.

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Categories: Education, Equal Opportunity, Promoting Diversity

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Report: Raising Minimum Wage a Core Civil and Human Rights Issue

Friday, October 3, 2014

An increased minimum wage was one of just 10 demands of the August 1963 civil rights March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. More than a half-century later, the national minimum wage continues to fall short of providing workers their full dignity and a “decent standard of living,” as called for at the march.

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Categories: Jobs & Economy, Poverty & Welfare, Resources and Reports

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New Report Examines Intersection of Big Data, Civil Rights

Friday, October 3, 2014

Big data can be a valuable tool in fighting inequality and societal problems, but there is also a “growing need to protect and strengthen key civil rights protections in the face of technological change,” as a new report, Civil Rights, Big Data, and Our Algorithmic Future, explains.

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Categories: Media & Technology, Resources and Reports

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Supreme Court Decision Restricts Voting Rights in Ohio

Thursday, October 2, 2014

On September 29, less than a day before early voting was set to begin in Ohio, a 5-4 Supreme Court ruling restricted voters’ access to the ballot by removing the first week of the state’s 35-day early voting period.

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Categories: Voting Rights

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New Education Guidance Advances Resource Equity for Minority Students

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) on Wednesday released guidance to states, school districts, and schools to clarify how federal law requires the equitable distribution of resources to students under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, in addition to how they will enforce the provisions.

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Categories: Education, Equal Opportunity

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FCC Proposes Further Reform on Prison Phone Rates

Friday, September 26, 2014

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler and Commissioner Mignon Clyburn on September 27 issued a joint statement announcing that they are circulating proposals to their fellow commissioners on further prison phone rate reform.

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Categories: Criminal Justice System, Media & Technology, Prison Phone Rates

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Groups Urge Broadcasters to Stop Using Offensive Team Name

Thursday, September 4, 2014

To coincide with the opening of the 2014 National Football League (NFL) season, a coalition of more than 100 groups – including The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights – issued a letter urging radio and television broadcasters to stop using the name of Washington, D.C.’s NFL team.

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Categories: Discrimination

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